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Rewired by the WOD?

By Chris Cooper

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As researchers start to close in on the causes of autism, some CrossFit gyms are testing treatment theories that suggest exercise can help.

(Corrects to clarify that some children with Asperger’s, not all, are averse to touch.)

Living with autism is about making connections.

Since the earliest diagnosis of autism in 1911, parents have searched for ways to relate to children whose symptoms often make interaction challenging. With no cure for the developmental disorder… Continue Reading

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The Hospital Affiliate

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Affiliation, Medical/Injuries

April 21, 2014

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Five years ago, Ken Smithmier found CrossFit. Then it found his hospital. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

After 59-nine-year-old hospital CEO Ken Smithmier got hooked on CrossFit training, he traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., for a CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course in April 2009.

When he got back, he called a lunch meeting with the trainers involved in Decatur Memorial Hospital’s community wellness program. He told them about CrossFit.

Soon after, CrossFit… Continue Reading

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Prevention or Prescription?

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Medical/Injuries, Nutrition

April 20, 2014

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Thomas Edison said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine.” But will the medical school of the future give enough education on fitness and nutrition? Andréa Maria Cecil investigates.

With wine comes honesty. Mike Roizen knew that. So he encouraged imbibing every Wednesday night, when he would meet eight medical students to find out who the good and bad teachers were at SUNY Upstate Medical University’s College of Medicine.

But Roizen got more… Continue Reading

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Warriors on the Waves

By Andréa Maria Cecil, Dave Re and Naveen Hattis

In Athletes, LEO/Mil, Medical/Injuries

April 19, 2014

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Operation Surf takes wounded members of the military into the ocean as part of its mission to rehabilitate with recreation.

It was Sept. 25, 2008. Sgt. 1st Class Charlie C. McCall, a U.S. Military Police officer, was asleep beneath a tent surrounded by buildings in Kandahar, Afghanistan. One of his soldiers slept nearby. The rocket hit right between them.

McCall has post-traumatic stress disorder, and his left leg is almost always in pain—“crazy pain… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

April 19, 2014

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Rehabilitation of wounded soldiers often includes physical training, psychological therapy, medication and more—but it isn’t always enough.

“My platoon and I, we were hit with five roadside bombs in 11 days. A few more after that,” says Bobby Lane, a retired Marine corporal. “I sustained two traumatic brain injuries, took shrapnel in my left arm and lower extremities.”

Drinking was part of Lane’s self-medication, and suicide became… Continue Reading

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All Access: Part 1

By Chris Cooper

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Improved prosthetic technology and user-driven innovation are opening new avenues for adaptive athletes who refuse to accept limitations.

On Dec. 22, 2013, vigilant U.S. Transportation Security Administration agents pulled Kendra Bailey out of a screening line.

Bailey’s carryon contained a length of hollow pipe, a short chain, a leather strap and various connectors because she was hoping to do power cleans while visiting a gym on the West Coast. Bailey is… Continue Reading

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Blind Spots

By Maureen O’Hagan

In Medical/Injuries, Rest Day/Theory

January 28, 2014

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Bodybuilder Coco Kissack shares her story of a dark descent into the world of steroids and side effects. Maureen O’Hagan reports.

At first, her vision started to go. There was blurriness and vertigo. And everywhere she looked, there was a floating spot.

She was putting on weight, watery, puffy weight. She was just plain uncomfortable in her clothes, and she sweated right through them. That was new. Meanwhile, she was losing her voice.

“I convinced… Continue Reading

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Exercise Is the Drug

By Chris Cooper

In Medical/Injuries

December 08, 2013

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New research at Duke University is studying how exercise might be used during and after cancer treatment.

Oliver Glass is a former CrossFit Games athlete, qualifying on the CrossFit Local team in 2010 and the CrossFit Raleigh team in 2011. He currently trains at CrossFit Raleigh in North Carolina in the evenings. In the daytime, he’s a cancer researcher.

“I’ve been doing CrossFit competitively for five years,” Glass says. “I’ve been doing cancer research… Continue Reading

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